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Parliament approves same-sex marriage legislation

The Finnish parliament has approved changes to the law that will allow same-sex couples to convert their registered partnerships into marriages by notifying the authorities. The move is a follow-up to previous laws that made marriage legislation gender neutral.

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Parliament has approved legal changes that will allow same-sex couples in registered partnerships to convert their legal status to ‘married’ by notifying the authorities. MPs voted in favour of the legislation by 106 votes to 42.

The move also eliminates registered partnerships for couples seeking to get hitched—they will now only have the option to get married. Transgender people will no longer be required to be single—not in a marriage or registered partnership—when their gender switch is recognised.

The changes approved on Wednesday were a follow-up to the already-approved law on same-sex marriage, which made legislation covering marriage gender-neutral. The changes will come into force in March 2017.

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